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¿Y usted ya comió?

La mística de Doña Celestina
¿Y usted ya comió? La mística de Doña Celestina   Conocí a Doña Celestina -una mujer de sombrero alto, encantadora a la vista, voluptuosa, de ojos chinos y manos cálidas como su fogón- en un viaje a Pechuquiz.   Pechuquiz es una planicie en el distrito de Frías del departamento de Piura, zona costeña y...
2022 - The Barefoot Guide Connection

Ukraine Rapid Response Plan March–May 2022

Supporting crisis-affected vulnerable smallholder men and women farmers
The recent escalation in conflict in Ukraine is affecting the food security of the most vulnerable rural households. According to the United Nations (UN) Flash Appeal, given the scale and direction of the ongoing hostilities, 18 million people are projected to be affected, including up to 6.7 million projected to...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Boletín Nº7 Trabajo agrario y ruralidades en transformación

Boletín Trabajo agrario y ruralidades en transformación. Número #7 Trabajo Agrario y ruralidades en transformación. Editado por el Grupo de Trabajo CLACSO Trabajo agrario, desigualdades y ruralidades.  En esta edición podrán encontrar interesantes artículos como:  Ruralidad y cuidadosXimena Valdés Subercaseaux Ruralidades, cuidados, mujeres rurales y perspectiva de género en ColombiaMaría Adelaida Farah Q. Trilhas...
2022 - Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO)

Blog article
27 Inspiring Women Reshaping the Food System

Women make up at least 43 percent of the agricultural workforce in developing countries, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Yet, women in rural and agricultural livelihoods consistently have less access than men to resources and opportunities.  As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, the virus disproportionately impacted women, whose care responsibilities...
2022 - FoodTank

Case study
A journey of struggle and empowerment of women of the dry and arid area of Surendranagar: Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and Surendranagar Mahila Bal Vikas Mandal (SMBVM)

This case study was developed by Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) with support from the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development and the World Rural Forum. SEWA, a trade union was established in 1972 in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It was an offshoot of the Association's Women's Wing of...
2022 - SEWA

''My speechless intervention and the discovery of woman leader in agroecology''

On a working day in June 2018 under my previous organization, I visited Shibuyunji district to conduct my usual technical support to the extension staff as well as project beneficiaries. Having had a short meeting with the extension staff, we immediately proceeded into the field to conduct on-site visits. I...
2022 - The Barefoot Guide Connection

Case study
Empowering communities and addressing farming challenges through cooperatives: the case of Yen Duong cooperative

Women-led cooperatives have played a role in improving women farmers’ technical know-how, leadership capacities, business skills, and advocacy skills. Women members of Yen Duong Cooperative in Vietnam were trained in agroforestry production, handicrafts making, and tourism and actively participated in advocacy and policy-making activities in their locality. They have successfully...
Viet Nam
2022 - AfA

Anuário Estatístico da Agricultura Familiar - 2022

A Confederação Nacional dos Trabalhadores Rurais Agricultores e Agricultoras Familiares (Contag) lançou a primeira edição de um anuário estatístico do setor, elaborado em parceria com o Departamento Intersindical de Estatísticas e Estudos Socioeconômicos (Dieese).  O Anuário Estatístico da Agricultura Familiar - 2022 demonstgra que a aghricultura familair brasileira é a principal...
2022 - Confederação Nacional dos Trabalhadores Rurais Agricultores e Agricultoras Familiares (Contag)

For Feminist Agroecologies

What is the story behind the food you eat? What if people actually valued all the underpaid and unpaid labor that goes into food? What if women were not doing most of the work? And if women and girls weren’t the last ones to eat? What if it weren't mostly...
2022 - CAWR Coventry University

Blog article
Latin America | Agroecology and the Solidarity Economy

An alternative to the dominant agri-food system approach, ‘EcoSol-agroecology’ denotes a convergence of solidarity economy and agroecology movements. In Latin America, agroecology has been linked to the solidarity economy since the 1990s. Based at the Open University, UK, Les Levidow coordinated the AgroEcos project, which promoted and facilitated Eco-Sol agroecology networks....
2022 - Arc 2020

Las mujeres rurales, la agricultura y el desarrollo sostenible en las Américas en tiempos de COVID-19

En este momento de emergencia global que representa el COVID-19, las mujeres rurales enfrentan los mismos desafíos que todas las mujeres – la agudización de la crisis de cuidados, la precariedad económica y el incremento de la pobreza, la falta de acceso a bienes y servicios esenciales, la limitada movilidad, y el incremento de la violencia de género5 – pero las enfrentan desde el ámbito rural que presenta una serie de obstáculos adicionales, incluyendo mayores tasas de desnutrición, la desaparición de servicios públicos junto con un incremento en la carga de cuidado, la devastación de comunidades rurales pobres con la propagación del COVID-19, y la interrupción de la cadena de producción alimenticia que impacta particularmente a productoras de alimentos a pequeña escala.6
Las mujeres rurales, campesinas, indígenas, agricultoras, siguen enfrentando desigualdades estructurales y políticas socioeconómicas que limitan el reconocimiento y la plena valoración de su trabajo reproductivo, productivo y comunitario. Como resultado y aunque su trabajo los sostiene, las mujeres rurales tienen poca posibilidad de participación y liderazgo en los mecanismos de...
2022 - Comisión Interamericana de Mujeres

Blog article
Moldovan efforts work towards gender equality

In the Republic of Moldova, far more women living in rural areas are at risk of poverty compared with men and with urban populations. The recently released National Gender Profile on Agricultural and Rural Livelihoods in the Republic of Moldova presents a snapshot of gender inequalities that affect various aspects of agricultural...
Republic of Moldova
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


How the failure to reform food systems has allowed the war in Ukraine to spark a third global food price crisis in 15 years, and what can be done to prevent the next one
This Special Report takes stock of the impacts of the Ukraine crisis on global food security. It identifies underlying vulnerabilities and rigidities in terms of food production patterns and import dependencies, in a context of declining international solidarity and systematic climateinduced supply strains. It also identifies grain hoarding and commodity...
2022 - IPES FOOD

Blog article
Cycle of exchanges – rural women and cooperativism: inspiring shared experiences

The WRF, together with six participating member organisations, organised in March and April 2022 two webinars, within the series Rural Women and Cooperativism. Insightful and valuable experiences of women’s farming groups or cooperatives from East and Central Africa, Latin America and Asia were shared.  The Rural Women and Cooperativism virtual exchange cycle aimed to promote the...
2022 - WRF

Blog article
FAO working to increase women participation in Malawi’s fisheries value chain

Women are involved in many activities along the value chain of fish trade in Africa including post-harvest handling, processing, branding and marketing. However, limited access to and control of key assets such as capital, skills and technologies limit their engagement in formal fish-related businesses. Women work under critical conditions using...
2022 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Déficits de travail décent chez les travailleurs ruraux. Principaux enseignements et recommandations destinées aux syndicats

Déficits de travail décent chez les travailleurs rurauxPrincipaux enseignements et recommandations destinées aux syndicats
Fondé sur des études de cas couvrant 15 pays d’Afrique, d’Asie, d’Asie centrale, d’Europe et d’Amérique latine, ce rapport examine les déficits de travail décent dans les économies rurales. Il présente également les réponses apportées par les gouvernements et les syndicats concernant les conséquences de la crise de la Covid-19...
2022 - Organisation Internationale du Travail

Acción climática con igualdad de género: hacia una recuperación transformadora para la sostenibilidad y la igualdad de género en América Latina y el Caribe

Este documento es resultado del Encuentro Regional sobre Cambio Climático e Igualdad de Género, que se realizó de manera virtual en septiembre de 2021, organizado por el Gobierno de Chile —como país que ejerció la Presidencia del 25º período de sesiones de la Conferencia de las Partes en la Convención...
2022 - Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL)

Policy brief/paper
Better farmer benefits from renewable energy: improving inclusion and uptake in Kenya

Smallholder farmers' use of solar-powered water pumps and other equipment creates opportunities to increase productivity and income. However, they generally struggle to get access to financing, quality farm inputs, advisory support and connections to markets. These challenges are felt more acutely by women and other marginalised farmers who typically do...
2022 - International Institute for Environment and Development

Blog article
Rural African women embrace agroecology: FAO

Despite their crucial role in agrifood systems, women are faced with enormous challenges, including exclusion from decision-making, denial of essential productive resources such as land, water, credit, information, and technologies, and disregard for their deep knowledge of local contexts. A key ally in empowering these women to continue working the...
2022 -

Exploring the role of voluntary sustainability standards in women’s economic empowerment in the agriculture sector in developing countries

Women are equally as important economic actors as men, yet they suffer gross inequalities such as gender gaps in income and human capital, despite rapid improvements in global living standards and educational attainment. The compilation of evidence and data presented in this report proves that the many gender-related gaps identified...
2022 - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
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